The Journal of San Diego History
Fall 1969, Volume 15, Number 4
Rita Larkin, Editor

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John S. Harbison

Page 17. [John S. Harbison]

Page 19. John Stewart Harbison (1826-1912). About 1871. He was then forty-five years of age, five feet ten inches tall, with blue eyes and sandy hair. – Photo courtesy Cleanings in Bee Culture.

Page 22. J. S. Harbison and his “California Hive.” About 1905, showing Harbison examining one of his colonies. The Harbison hive opened in the back with a cupboard like door. A glass pane covers the brood chamber at the bottom of the hive, which can be removed to examine the brood and/or queenbee. In the top part can be seen two decks of his two-pound comb honey sections held together in groups of eight by thin wood slats. This hive can hold four clamps for a total of thirty-two sections. Note the bees on the sections and open door. ? From the U. C. Davis Apicultural Manuscript Collection.

Harbison's two-pound comb honey sections

Page 23. Harbison’s two-pound comb honey sections. Top tier shows how the sections were clamped to­gether. Center group shows the beeswax starters put in the top of each section to guide the bees in building straight comb. At the bottom are two sections nearly filled with comb but containing only a few cells of honey. Some of his comb honey shipping cases are in the background. – From the U. C. Davis Collection.

Harbison's Sweetwater apiary

Page 25. Harbison’s Sweetwater apiary, about 1905. This was his “home” apiary, located in what is now known as Harbison Canyon. – From the U. C. Davis Collection.